Bangkok Post

Modern military plan gets nod


The Defence Council has approved a 10-year modernisat­ion plan for the armed forces, designed to boost their ability to deal with any potential threats facing the country.

The “Modernisat­ion Plan: Vision 2026” was given the green light at yesterday’s council meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, according to Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawani­t.

The blueprint, produced in tandem with the military reform policy, looks to improve the armed forces’ readiness and armament capability to fend off threats to the country over the next 10 years.

Maj Gen Kongcheep said the plan took into considerat­ion security factors and weapons needed by the armed forces to match risk assessment­s.

It has been drawn up in conjunctio­n with other major master plans, including the national strategic defence plan spanning the next 20 years.

This plan looks at revamping the Defence Ministry’s management and organisati­onal structure as well as industries related to national defence.

Maj Gen Kongcheep said the modernisat­ion policy over the next 10 years prescribes how the forces can manage to operate during two scenarios — in case military spending increases in tandem with the country’s growing gross domestic product, or in case of a tight budget.

The military has a clear idea on how it can operate to the highest ability with a limited amount of funding, he said.

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